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Home Town: Ankeny, Iowa, USA
Living In: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Needlepoint, Gardening, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Grandmother of 8 grandkids -- lots of babysitting & sleepovers. Collector of Mickey Mouse, clowns, teddy bears, Pillsbury Dough Boy and red carnival glass. I'm on a weight-loss journey (so far have lost 38 lbs. & still going). With my job, I travel extensively. Vacations are usually at time-share spots, resorts. I drive my husband crazy, because I'm a Type A personality & perfectionist! I'm an animal-lover :)
My favorite things to cook
I look for low-calorie, low-fat & heart-healthy recipes. My meal-prep time is down to a science. I journal everything I eat (including licks, nibbles, tastes) which goes in my mouth! Love to experiment with spices, sauces & strange combination of flavors.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My large family gathering for the Thanksgiving feast (main courses are roasted ham & turkey). It has grown so much, I now have to rent a banquet room! Christmas morning we invite all the kids over for Mickey Mouse waffles & made-to-order omelets. I sway towards Midwest fare; naturally since I live in an agricultural region. I often get requests to serve-up recipes from our previously-owned restaurant.
My cooking triumphs
I get rave reviews from my husband & family with everything I cook. The compliments just keep on coming! Special occasions: parties, showers, holidays, caterings, etc. My plate presentations (your eyes always eat for your stomach)!
My cooking tragedies
The famous sugar fight I had when I was a newlywed with my ex-husband; which got way out of hand. Sugar was flying everywhere in the kitchen: in my hair, down my back, even in my underwear. It was a big mess all over the kitchen counter, floor & ceiling. It has become an infamous topic of discussion.
Recipe Reviews 37 reviews
Bill's Blue Cheese Dressing
This past Saturday I went to the downtown Farmer's Market & purchased some fresh Maytag blue cheese (from Newton, IA) -- & my husband says "If you're going to make it fresh, this is the only way to go." It's so popular, most grocers carry the name brand. Great blue cheese comes from happy-grazing Iowa cows!.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 13, 2006
Breaded Brussels Sprouts
Reading reviews prior to making recipes ALWAYS pays off big dividends. ATOMICLUSH really cracked me up -- I'm a big brussels sprouts fan! I steamed my sprouts (just personal preference); & used Italian bread crumbs w/cayenne pepper for a different twist. Have ready on your tableservice some lemon juice. Try this one!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 8, 2006
Butternut Squash Casserole
Four stars since I managed to get my "picky & fussy" grand-daughter to eat this; however, I found it to be on the sweet side for my liking. Tip: To reserve nutrients from squash, microwave cubes of squash in a covered bowl with a smidgeon of water -- also better flavor.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 8, 2006

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